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DIH Rustic Pumpkin Stand

Here’s the amazing thing about this post.

See that rustic pumpkin stand perched over there on the edge of the counter?

It’s calling your name.

I’m going to show you step-by-step how we built ours.  But the pumpkin building fest doesn’t end there because Home Depot is offering a free class at a Home Depot near you where you can go and build your own.

I know….right?

DIH Rustic Pumpkin Stand Wood Pumpkin

I decorated mine with a few leaves and these wood slice pumpkins.

I have a tutorial for these coming soon to a blog near you.

But today we are all about the rustic pumpkin stand and how to make it and transform it into a family heirloom to pass down to future generations who will marvel at your fortitude and building acumen and mad decorating skills.

Ready to embark on your pumpkin journey?

Let’s get started.

DIH Rustic Pumpkin Stand Wood Slice Pumpkins

DIH Rustic Pumpkin Stand


• 2 – 72″ x 5-1/2″ Cedar fence pickets, square edged preferred

• 1 – 1×2 x 4 feet long (can cut a 8 foot long 1×2 in half for use

on two projects)

• 1″ staples

• Exterior wood glue


• Measuring tape

• Circular saw or miter saw

• Jigs saw

• Ryobi Airstrike Crown Stapler

• Clamps

• Solid work surface

• Carpenter’s pencil

DIH Rustic Pumpkin Stand Supplies


• 4 – Cedar fence pickets cut into 18″ long pieces (length

can be flexible to accommodate all four cuts on a single

cedar fence picket)

• 2 – 1×2 @ 20″ long

• 1 – 1×2 @ 8″ long (length can be flexible to use up

scrap wood)


• 1 – Cedar fence picket @17″ long

• 2 – Cedar fence pickets @ 5-1/2″ long

• 1 – Cedar fence picket @ 16″ long

DIH Rustic Pumpkin Stand Stem

Step 1:  Cut all of your boards according to the cut list. For the pieces on the pumpkin, there is flexibility to cut slightly shorter to accommodate all of the pieces per given materials list. For the box pieces, it is important to cut straight and accurate to the cut list. The easiest saw to cut these pieces with is a miter saw, but a circular saw can be used as well.

DIH Rustic Pumpkin Stand Project

Step 2:  Lay the four fence pickets on the work surface, so overall width is about 23″. Place 20″ long 1x2s on top, with about 1-1/2″ gap on either end. TIP: Use the stem (stem is 1-1/2″ in width) as a guide. Use wood glue and two 1″staples per overlap of 1×2 and each cedar fence picket to secure 1x2s to the fence pickets.  Flip the project over. Add additional two staples per overlap of fence picket and 1×2 to secure fence pickets from front to 1×2 supports. Do not staple within 1″ of the edges, as there is no 1×2 backing here.

TIP: Use the step piece as a guide.

DIH Rustic Pumpkin Stand Outline

Step 3:  Starting 3″ out at the bottom edges, draw a pumpkin shape on the front of the cedar boards. Avoid drawing so that the 1×2 supports will be crossed. Keep the shape organic and unique. Pumpkins generally are “bottom heavy” so consider a smaller rounding on the bottom and larger rounding on top.  Position project so area to be cut out overhangs work surface to allow jigsaw blade to cut freely. Secure the project to the work surface with two clamps. Test to make sure project is secure. Cut out following pumpkin shape with jigsaw. Remove clamps and reposition and re-clamp to cut full pumpkin shape out.

DIH Rustic Pumpkin Stand How To

Step 4:  Place stem in center of pumpkin and attach with glue and 2″ staples.

DIH Rustic Pumpkin Stand DIY Project

Step 5:  Use glue and 1″ staples to attach front of box to the sides of the box. Apply glue along three edges of bottom of box. Place bottom of box inside front and sides. Staple in place along side and front edges with 1″ staples.

Step 6:  Place box open side up on work surface. Apply glue along top edges. Place pumpkin on top, aligning bottom edge, and the start of the pumpkin shaped cut with the outside corners of the box. Use 1″ staples to secure bottom of pumpkin to bottom of box. Use a straight edge to guide you when stapling the pumpkin to the sides of the box.

Now if all these directions sound a little intimidating, why not sign up for a class to make your own?

The Home Depot offers classes for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and different experience levels.  And the best part?  The Home Depot’s Workshops are designed to provide a mix of associate-led instruction, demonstration, and some hands-on learning. Materials can be purchased to make your own project.

You can sign up for a class here or for more information, contact your local Home Depot store.

Five Rustic Pumpkin Stands for the Kitchen

And now here’s a few more ideas on how to decorate with the rustic pumpkin stand from some of my favorite bloggers.





Guest Room


Living Room


Dining Room

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  1. Image for Patti Patti

    How cute is that!!!! I am on my way to the garage right now to make one. Thankfully I have everything needed for this project. I'm thinking I will paint mine white. Thank you, and Home Depot, for this adorable idea.

  2. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I love it and this has your brother's name written all over it!! Did he help? Perhaps you streamed into his conscious and got all the fabulous wood ideas. Those are great!! Do you have any wood slices left over? Have a great evening. Big Hugs!

  3. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    Guess I missed out on my Daddy's woodworking gene! Even having all his great tools now, I still haven't gotten involved, but I love looking (and buying!). These are so cute, and it's amazing the resemblance they have! Great minds, huh?! Love them, and especially yours, of course! Even tho' it's still in the 90's here in the Dallas area, I'm getting the Fall "Bug" big time! I cannot wait to get decorated, but mostly, for it to really get COOOOL here! Several 2015 Fall Home Tours that I've found have contributed to the feeling, too ~ I've "filed" lots of ideas! But I can honestly say, KA, I still love your home BEST! It's just got that "certain something" ... that special KariAnne touch!

  4. Image for ananda ananda

    these are just beautiful karianne!! i was just contemplating lately how to make seasonal decors creative, yet not too literal. yours are just perfect, as always!!

  5. Image for ange ange

    What a fun twist on the pumpkin, the wood slices are really great! You always are so fun, I love reading your posts even when I don't comment!

  6. Image for Susan Susan

    Now, if that isn't the sweetest, I dunno what is! Well done, KariAnne...I love the personal touches you put on your stand, too...ooooooh, THAT orange! :)

  7. Image for Mary Mary

    Pretty doggone cute.... Imagine, you're great with a paint brush AND a jigsaw and a nail gun. No wonder you're my hero!

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